Milk formula threat: Man arrested


A 60-year-old Auckland businessman has been charged over an alleged 1080 milk contamination threat.

Live: 1080 contamination milk scare investigation

'Dirty dairying' offences low

Regional councils are taking action against fewer dairy farmers

Farmers and environmentalists are at odds over the reason for the decline.

Cropping-related deaths low

Lyle Haste teaches student Ciaran Barham, 16, some important farm safety skills with a quad bike.

There were 3 cropping-related deaths over 7 years, but the practice is considered more dangerous than other farming.

Beef exports shadow lamb 

High beef prices drove out more overseas trade.

Beef export returns trumped sheepmeat during the 2014-15 season.

Meter firm grows with purchase

A farmer inspects irrigators on a Hinds farm in Canterbury.

The accurate application of water on to farms is becoming more important, says DataCol Group.

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Farm business risks lurk around the corner

Farmers can do a lot to reduce risks outside the farm gate, says farm accountant Pita Alexander.

By taking control farmers can reduce many of the risks lurking outside their farm gate.

Curiouser and curiouser – AgResearch disappears down the rabbit hole

The Government has trimmed $100 million in “right-sizing” from AgResearch since reforms began. What is the CRI’s right size, Doug Edmeades asks.

Fossicking in Fonterra’s annual report

There are other uses for maize grain


Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

"Men to shed their Southern Man Image" is the theme to the  debate run as a Fundraiser for SBHS Old Boys Assn & SBH Charitable Trust.Three of the Debaters are(l-r)Mike Fallow, Gerry Forde & Tim Shadbolt

Southern man hunt on again

Do you have what it takes to be The Southern Man?


Call for Fonterra board cull

Former Fonterra deputy chairman Greg Gent says "fundamental change" is needed on the Fonterra board.

Call to reduce Fonterra board from 13 to nine directors.

1080 milk scare: Man in court

Financial gain, rather than environmentalism, appears to have been motivation behind alleged blackmail attempt.

Waikato has had a $1.8 billion drop in income from the dairy industry as a result of the fall in payout.

Dairy downturn costs $1.8 billion for Waikato

The full scale of the dairy downturn in Waikato has been revealed in new statistics which show a $1.8 billion fall in dairy-related income as a result of the 2014-15 season.


Top tips for lambing

The best strategy for utilising the pasture is to prioritise stock classes, says sheep lecturer Dr Rene Corner-Thomas.

Massey University's International Sheep Research Centre has the top tips for lambing after a hard winter to get the most out of a flock.

Beekeeping tips shared

Even after 27 years getting to know the habits and quirks of bees, Murray Bush reckons there is still something special about the insect. 

Institute of Directors chief executive Simon Arcus wants to see better governance in farming.

Governance course in demand in Manawatu

Farmers want course on better governance.


Salmon farms nearly ready

An existing New Zealand King Salmon farm at Ruakaka Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Three new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds will be up and running in the very near future.

New programme for marine farmers

A new programme designed to bring transparency to the aquaculture industry in New Zealand has been launched.

The beach at Rarangi, outside Blenheim, where Cloudy Bay Clams operates.

Clam company 80 tonnes over quota

A clam harvesting company in Marlborough is trying to increase its shellfish quota after it overfished in the region by nearly 80 tonnes last year.


The $3 million irrigation call

Waihao valley farmers Martin and Diane Cochrane are looking forward to irrigation water from the new Waihao Downs scheme.

The imminent arrival of reliable irrigation water is exciting – and scary, South Canterbury farmers tell Tony Benny.

Demand for bucking-bulls on the rise.

A South Canterbury rodeo contractor breeds bulls for bull riding.

Dairy is the biggest loser in the TPPA deal struck in the early hours of Tuesday.

TPPA - what does it all mean?

What will Kiwis get out of the TPPA?


Determination keeps the worms and eczema at bay

Longview Perendale rams at Tutira.

Client demand has driven the facial eczema focus for a Hawke's Bay sheep farming operation. Kate Taylor spoke to the managers of more than 30 years about their passion for perendales.

Farmers have their fingers crossed that the fair weather for lambing continues.

Fair weather lambing so far

North Canterbury farmers are wary a good lambing spell of fine weather may only be a temporary reprieve from drought.


Onions NZ signs GIA in Pukekohe

Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy, chief executive officer of Onions NZ Michael Ahern and Hunua MP Andrew Bayley sign the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement.

Onions New Zealand signed the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for biosecurity readiness and response on Friday at a ceremony in Pukekohe.

Ploughing the perfect well-turned furrow

Ploughing fans from around the North Island followed the furrows to Takapau in central Hawke’s Bay. Kate Taylor captured the action.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy outlines the benefits of the Waimea dam proposal during the launch of a ministry report about the Waimea Plains.

Dam a boost for fruit growers

Nelson's Waimea Dam will deliver major economic and environmental benefits, minister says.


1080 scare: MPs welcome arrest

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key speaks at the Asia Society in New York September 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The arrest of a man by police investigating a threat to poison baby milk has been welcomed by politicians.

1080 milk scare: Man in court

Financial gain, rather than environmentalism, appears to have been motivation behind alleged blackmail attempt.

Supermarkets instigated safety measures in reaction to the 1080 poisoning threat against infant baby formula.

1080 milk: the full story

Police have arrested a man almost a year after threats to poison baby milk formula prompted an investigation costing $3 million, and safety measures involving more than 150,000 batch tests on milk products.


Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

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Love of dairying overcomes cow allergy

Sheree Walters has responsibility for the young stock on Canterbury Grasslands' farm.

AN ALLERGY to cows has not stopped Sheree Walters from fulfilling her dream of dairy farming.

Making Holstein history in NZ

Who is the woman making history as the head of Holstein Friesian NZ?

Megan Friel with one of Mt Mable's 2015 sale bulls – before she knew the results of her latest mammogram.

Cancer found, but it could have been worse

Don't forgo your own health because you're too busy on the farm, says Norsewood's Mt Mable angus breeder Megan Friel.


Building disasters captured on video

Auckland Council training videos for new building inspectors show shocking construction standards.

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